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Pennsylvania Legacies #139

Pennsylvania Legacies #139

February 26, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

One year ago, COVID-19 was only just beginning to make its presence felt in the U.S. By the end of March, Pennsylvania and much of the rest of the country were in lockdown, and already, it was clear that our...

Become a Citizen Scientist

Become a Citizen Scientist

February 24, 2021By: Paul Racette

Want to do something to protect and improve the environment around your home, community, and waterways? Interested in observing natural spaces and providing valuable information to scientists monitoring water quality, protecting wildlife, or studying climate change? You can do all...

How to Finance a Forest

How to Finance a Forest

February 19, 2021By: Hannah Clemenson

You may remember learning in our video, How to Regrow a Forest, how PEC restores native forests on formerly mined lands by implementing the Forest Reclamation Approach with partners in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI). You may also remember...

Speaking Volumes

Speaking Volumes

February 16, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, PEC commissioned OPR Group to create a commemorative book exploring the past, present, and future of our organization and of the places we have worked to protect and restore. While the print edition of...

Pennsylvania Legacies #138

Pennsylvania Legacies #138

February 12, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Pittsburgh’s rivers made the city an industrial titan at a time when environmental damage was accepted as the price of progress. Now they’re being put back to work generating low cost, carbon-free electricity — without creating new environmental or land...

PEC is Hiring: Events and Administration Coordinator

PEC is Hiring: Events and Administration Coordinator

February 12, 2021By: Lily Jones

Position Description Events and Administration Coordinator (Philadelphia Office) February 12, 2021 About PEC: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. At the...

The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

February 9, 2021By: Lily Jones

Since 1983, Pennsylvanians have had the opportunity to rally around their favorite state waterway and vote for the River of the Year. This year’s winner is the Shenango River, which runs for 82 miles in Western Pennsylvania, eventually joining with...

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

January 29, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

All over the country, consumers want locally grown food. But much of the demand is concentrated in densely populated areas, where farmers have to compete with developers over a finite amount of arable land. Montgomery County has a solution: fully...

The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait

The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait

January 27, 2021By: John Walliser

Last week PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund in submitting comments to the Environmental Quality Board in support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposal to set a declining limit on carbon pollution emitted by in-state fossil fuel...

Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

January 25, 2021By: Tali MacArthur

Motivated by the resilient commitment and dynamic energy of community watershed organizations across the state, The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) took on the task of redesigning its website to provide better access to the tools and resources...